Mother Seton Council #5427 Receives International Recognition
By Mel Fabrikant Tuesday, October 01, 2013, 06:54 PM EDT
Knights of Columbus Mother Seton Council #5427 of the Township of Washington is a Columbian Award winner for the 2012-2013 fraternal year. The award is presented for excellence in the sponsorship of programs that serve the Church, community, families, pro-life, and youth—as well as council members.
The announcement was made by the Knights of Columbus international headquarters located in New Haven, Connecticut. At the Mother Seton Council meeting on September 24, District Deputy Ed Garland presented the engraved plaque to Grand Knight Mark Holmes.
Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson, president of the international organization, in recognition of the local winner, said, “Please accept my sincere congratulations on attaining this prestigious award. The dedication to the Order by your council is seen in the high standard of excellence you have achieved. At the same time, I encourage you to carry forward this enthusiasm to meet the challenges that will face the Knights of Columbus in the years ahead. May this award be a reminder and an inspiration to the members of your council to continue to promote the ideals of Columbianism for the good of the Church, your community, and the Order.”
In accepting the award, Grand Knight Holmes, head of the local council, said, “Receiving this award is quite an honor. We’re very pleased with this accomplishment.”
The Knights of Columbus was founded in 1882 at St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, Connecticut, by Fr. Michael J. McGivney. It is the world’s largest Catholic, family, fraternal, service organization with over 1.8 million members in more than 14,000 local councils in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Guam, Guatemala, Panama, the Virgin Islands, the Dominican Republic, the Bahamas, Saipan and Poland. It is dedicated to Church, community, family, youth, and pro-life programs. Last year individual Knights spent 70.1 million hours of volunteer services to charitable causes and the Order donated $167.5 million in charitable contributions. Additionally 423,575 Knights were blood donors. The New Jersey Knights donated $4,428,998 to charities last year, of which, Mother Seton Council contributed $55,879.
Applications for membership in the Knights of Columbus are welcome from qualified individuals. For more information call 201-664-0422, or go to our website, www.kofc5427.org .